Szechuan-Style Tofu with Peanuts

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Spice up your supper with this Asian-flavored vegetarian dish. For meat-lovers, feel free to substitute chicken for tofu.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup rice, about 3/4 cup tofu mixture, and 1 tablespoon peanuts)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 389
Fat 14.3 g
Satfat 2.1 g
Monofat 5.5 g
Polyfat 6.2 g
Protein 17.2 g
Carbohydrate 51.6 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 4 mg
Sodium 619 mg
Calcium 92 mg

Ingredients

2 (3 1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag jasmine rice
1 (14-ounce) package water-packed firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooking spray
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

3. Arrange tofu in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; broil 14 minutes or until golden.

4. While tofu cooks, combine broth and next 4 ingredients (through black bean sauce), stirring with a whisk; set aside.

5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salt and mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until mushrooms begin to release liquid, stirring occasionally. Stir in carrots and ginger; cook 1 minute. Add broth mixture; cook 30 seconds or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in tofu and onions. Serve over rice; sprinkle with peanuts.

Note:

David Bonom,

March 2010